gayla peevey, …wanting a hippopotamus for christmas is so last year.

This years Thanksgiving was another for the books. Having a ginormous extended family, I find myself blessed. Other than the whimsical charientism (which often leads to hysterical laughter), one tradition I look forward to year after year is one that recently came about among a few cousins and I.

With a family that exceeds 100 in size, you can understand that there is a dilemma when it comes organization. Tables are strewn throughout the dinning and living rooms within my grandparents home. The fine china and silver are set. And the placement of homemade breads, free range turkey, venison, and all the subsequent trimmings are at our disposal. But to throw a pepper in the gumbo, my cousins and I enter an agreement of cleptobiosis. In a sense, we hoard our favorite entrees and sides, protecting the deliciousness on our end of the table! Of course, it is all fun, since there is more than enough to go around.

But this year, amidst the Thanksgiving holiday, my mother became very inquisitive, asking me to produce a Christmas list. In an effort to meet her request, I have listed the gifts below that I desire. This list was fairly tough to sort and are in no order of importance. The difficulty is that I already have everything I need and truly most everything I want. Among the few items on my list currently, I assure you, I have no need for a hippo.

A full body ebony wood grain MacBook Pro Case

A matching ebony wood grain case for my white iPhone 4s

A vintage, handmade iPhone case for my black 4g

I have two iPhones (4/4s), a traditional iPod, and a MacBook Pro. I could still find use for a white iPad

And books that have recently been suggested to me!

Stuff Christians Like – Jonathon Acuff
Big Fish – Daniel Wallace
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Hipster Christianity – Brett McCrakcin
This Present Darkness – Frank Peretti
Operation World – Patrick Johnstone
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society – Lesslie Newbigin
Boundaries – Henry Cloud and John Townsend

I have also asked for Frogskin Oakleys, a Nike + iPod sensor, new Nike running shoes, cycling accessories, clothes, a new lens for my Cannon 7D, and a few other things. So there you have it. This certainly is not my entire list, but a few highlights at the very least. What is on your Christmas list this year?

post-thankgiving nonessential hipster musings that are anything but pulchritudinous or pertinent

Grand Rapids

As the lurid post-Thanksgiving celebration, Black Friday, encourages bargain seekers to track the latest gadgetry with alacrity, I find myself at odds. Not at odds with the principles of capitalism, but rather the emotional fanaticism. I don’t understand the greed that compels the java-enslaved, sleep-deprived shopaholic. Whether it is out of reasonable contentment or sheer candor, I have no desire to wade a superficial sea of consumers to be lulled by the sycophant or trampled by the eager, even if I do acquire the coveted holiday treasure at a third of the cost.

Label me a man of an aberration embodiment if you will, but I prefer the comfort of lounging on my leather sofa in my skinny jeans over the war scars I would receive trampled to the floor of the shopping mall battlefield. I do not mean to debase those who eagerly anticipate this unofficial official tradition following Thanksgiving. For to some, this day is like Hannah Murray’s accent. Simply beautiful.

But for me, I fancy a modicum of interaction this day, as the nonconformist within seeks a quiet solitude amidst today’s frenzy. I am called to the quaint. Between superfluous napping, I shall indulge the companionship of a novel and the tone of white noise concluding my Night Beds record.

Meet the Illustrators

Grand Rapids' Premier Wedding Videographers

Oswald Productions may not be the only videography company on the market, but there are numerous advantages for choosing Grand Rapids’ premier videography company for your wedding, individual, or promotional needs. In another post we will list and analyze those reasons, but today we will focus on one such advantage. This advantage is simply those that makeup the team or the individuals that comprise the professional videography company, Oswald Productions.

We grow weary of witnessing other businesses treat their clients as simply a number. They look at them as a paycheck; a mere means to the end as it were. But at Oswald Productions, we are relationship builders. Our desire is to know our clients on a personal level so that we can produce a videography masterpiece that resembles the specific qualities, traits, and tastes that we witness through our interaction. And as we desire to get to know you in order that we may best tailor a film to your needs, we also wanted to take the time to introduce ourselves to you.

David Oswald
Originally pursing a career as a psychiatrist, David’s journey has brought him down a more passionate path of production. He has a phenomenal analytical mind and an intricate knowledge of the equipment we employ. His understanding allows us to capture and produce a film to the greatest possible technological specification.

David, and his wife Heather, call Grand Rapids, Michigan home. As a couple, they enjoy an active lifestyle. Full of wisdom and insight, they spend a majority of their time pouring their experience and their love for life into relationships around them.

Anthony Oswald
While Anthony received his bachelor’s degree in Media Studies, majoring specifically in film, his knowledge of videography has developed beyond mere classroom theory. Working on numerous video projects, Anthony has gained experience and expertise through independent short film production, corporate and non profit promotional consulting, and wedding videography.

He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Stacey. Together, they enjoy traveling, watching the Michigan Wolverines, listening to music, consistent involvement in ministry through their home church, and philanthropic efforts.

Chaz Oswald
Graduating Summa Cum-Laude, Chaz received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, while majoring in marketing and specializing in both advertising and promotion. Though he resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan he has traveled extensively, having the opportunity to visit countries on five continents, for both work and ministry.

His passion is definitely not limited to travel, but also includes sports (as an avid runner and road cyclist), the arts (painting, sketching, film, and sculpting), writing, politics, music (indie and folk), deep conversation, and a great cup of java. The joy of his life, however, is centered around his love and faith in Jesus.

The Hebert and Hansen Wedding Teaser

October 1st, 2011. Charlevoix, Michigan.

A crisp day. A deep blue sky. The glistening lake. And so began a fresh journey, a new life where two individuals united to become one.

The Hebert and Hansen wedding was one of love, faithfulness, and joy. And it was Oswald Productions, Grand Rapids’ premier videography company, which was there to capture the beginning of their happily ever after.